NT Planning Scheme 2007

Changes to planning laws

On 31 July 2020, planning laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT). Read about these changes.

The NT Planning Scheme 2020 also came into force on 31 July 2020. It replaces the 2007 scheme. Read the current planning scheme.

The NT Planning Scheme 2007 was the previous planning scheme for the Territory.

The documents in this section represent the NT Planning Scheme 2007 as in force on 30 July 2020.

To understand how the scheme changed since its introduction on 1 February 2007, read the amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2007.

For planning controls before 1 February 2007, you can contact a planner.

Read the NT Planning Scheme 2007

NT Planning Scheme 2007 PDF (64.1 MB) - This is a large document and will take a while to download. Individual sections, linked below, will download much quicker.

The scheme needs to be read alongside referenced documents such as land use policies, guidelines and zoning maps.

Individual scheme sections

Instead of downloading the full NT Planning Scheme, you can get individual sections below:

Table of contents PDF (276.2 KB)

User guide to the Northern Territory Planning Scheme PDF (63.8 MB)

Part 1 PDF (319.9 KB) - including application of the planning schemes, exceptions and definitions

Part 2 PDF (3.7 MB) - planning principles and framework

Part 3 PDF (607.1 KB) - zones and zone purpose

Part 4 PDF (1.2 MB) - performance criteria for general, residential, commercial, industrial and non-urban use and development

Part 5 PDF (257.5 KB) - subdivision

Part 6 PDF (221.4 KB) - Aboriginal communities and towns

Part 7 PDF (316.4 KB) - transport and infrastructure

Part 8 PDF (47.3 MB) - area plans

Schedule

Schedule 1: schedule to clause 2.4 specific uses PDF (6.7 MB) - specific use zones and the associated special provisions

Schedule 2: schedule to clause 2.7 reference to policy PDF (64.2 KB) - policies that the consent authority must take into account when making a decision on an application.

Schedule 3: schedule to clause 2.8 reference to guidelines PDF (119.7 KB) - guidelines that all applicants must consider and that the consent authority must take into account when making a decision

Schedule 4: schedule to clause 12.1 Aboriginal community living areas PDF (243.3 KB) - parcels of land which are Aboriginal community living areas by law

Schedule 5: schedule to clause 12.2 towns on Aboriginal land PDF (197.0 KB) - parcels of land identified as towns on Aboriginal land for which specific use rights apply

Schedule 6: schedule to clause 1.3 sub-clause 2(l) exceptions PDF (197.5 KB) - parcels of land exempt from normal NT Planning Scheme requirements due to the continued use of a community or government facility established prior to 1 February 2007

Background material PDF (233.4 KB) - background material used in the development of the NT Planning Scheme

Zoning matrix PDF (422.9 KB) - an overview of the uses allowed in each zone

Amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2007

Read the list of amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2007.

Other references

Read the list of policies and guidelines referenced in the NT Planning Scheme 2007.

The following are policies listed under schedule 2: schedule to clause 2.7 of the Northern Territory (NT) Planning Scheme 2007.

All of the NT

NT compact urban growth policy 2015 PDF (145.0 KB)

Alice Springs

Alice Springs regional land use plan 2016 (amended 2019) PDF (23.1 MB)

Coomalie and Finniss

Coomalie planning concepts and land use objectives 2000 PDF (4.1 MB)

Finniss planning concepts and land use objectives 2002 PDF (16.0 MB)

Darwin

Central Darwin area plan PDF (40.9 MB)

Darwin regional land use plan 2015 PDF (31.7 MB) and study area and land use structures PDF (2.6 MB)

Darwin inner suburbs area plan 2016 PDF (10.3 MB)

Darwin mid suburbs area plan 2016 PDF (10.9 MB)

Capital city charter PDF (1.9 MB)

Katherine

Katherine land use plan 2014 (amended 2020) PDF (10.8 MB)

Katherine east area plan  PDF (15.3 MB)

Litchfield

Litchfield subregional land use plan - electronic version PDF (20.5 MB) - high quality maps with detailed layers

Litchfield subregional land use plan - printable version PDF (34.4 MB).

Palmerston

Durack Master Plan

These documents are referred to in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme section on Palmerston (SP8).

Open space overlay PDF (1.7 MB)

Landscape guiding principles 1 PDF (6.5 MB)

Landscape guiding principles 2 PDF (5.2 MB)

Housing design principles 1 PDF (89.5 KB)

Housing design principles 2 PDF (1.4 MB)

Housing design principles 3 PDF (231.8 KB)

Housing design principles 4 PDF (1.6 MB)

Housing design principles 5 PDF (498.0 KB)

Housing design principles 6 PDF (246.4 KB)

Housing design principles 7 PDF (1.8 MB)

Housing design principles 8 PDF (1.5 MB)

Housing design principles 9 PDF (246.2 KB)

Housing design principles 10 PDF (1.5 MB)

Housing design principles 11 PDF (229.2 KB)

Housing location principles PDF (1005.8 KB)

Climate principles PDF (944.6 KB)

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek land use plan (amended 2019) PDF (10.7 MB)

The following are background materials listed in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2007.

Berrimah north

Berrimah north drainage study PDF (21.4 MB)

Berrimah north stormwater quality management plan PDF (22.1 MB)

Central Darwin area plan

Central Darwin area plan needs assessment PDF (5.5 MB)

Darwin city master plan

For information about the Darwin city centre master plan, go to the City of Darwin website.

Darwin inner suburbs

Darwin inner suburbs plan needs assessment PDF (10.9 MB)

Darwin mid suburbs area plan needs assessment PDF (9.2 MB)

Durack master plan supporting documents

These documents are listed as background material in the notes related to Palmerston (SP8).

Housing affordability PDF (33.2 KB)

Moderate income price points PDF (34.0 KB)

Geotechnical assessment 1 PDF (11.8 MB)

Geotechnical assessment 2 PDF (4.2 MB)

Shared access way details PDF (5.8 MB)

Stormwater drainage strategy PDF (5.8 MB)

Traffic assessment PDF (5.6 MB)

Katherine east area plan

Katherine east area plan - needs assessment PDF (14.7 MB)

Superseded control plans (town plans)

Aboriginal community living area control plans - listed at schedule 4 of the Northern Territory Planning Scheme

Alice Springs town plan 1992 PDF (1.2 MB)

Alice Springs (south west districts) rural area plan 1988 PDF (47.4 KB)

Batchelor town plan 1981 PDF (142.1 KB)

Borroloola town plan 1984 PDF (225.4 KB)

Brewer Estate control plan 1990 PDF (18.9 KB)

Crab Claw Island control plan 1998 PDF (123.9 KB)

Darwin rural area plan 1983 PDF (1.1 MB)

Darwin town plan 1990 PDF (2.9 MB)

Development provisions Lake Bennett locality 2005 PDF (139.5 KB)

East Arm control plan 1998 PDF (20.9 KB)

Highways control plan 1984 PDF (284.6 KB)

Katherine rural area plan 1988 PDF (163.5 KB)

Katherine town plan 1981 PDF (580.2 KB)

Kings Canyon Wilderness Resort town plan 1987 PDF (25.0 KB)

Litchfield area plan 2004 PDF (5.4 MB)

Namarada area plan 1990 PDF (446.4 KB)

Palmerston town plan 1982 PDF (2.0 MB)

Pine Creek Highway management plan PDF (24.0 KB)

Tennant Creek control plan 1998 PDF (566.7 KB)

Town of Pellew control plan 1985 PDF (33.9 KB)

Superseded land use objectives, guidelines and concept plans

Alice Springs central area land use objectives and planning concepts (1996) PDF (6.2 MB)

Alice Springs structure plan 1999 and land use objectives PDF (8.6 MB)

AustralAsia Railway (NT Corridor) land use objectives (1996) PDF (1.5 MB)

Borroloola planning concepts and land use objectives (2001) PDF (3.6 MB)

Central Darwin land use objectives (1996) PDF (392.8 KB)

Central Darwin planning concepts and development opportunities (1996) PDF (6.5 MB)

Central Darwin planning concepts and land use objectives (1999) PDF (12.5 MB)

Cox Peninsula land use structure plan (1990) PDF (21.7 MB)

Darwin regional land use structure plan (1990) PDF (38.6 MB)

Darwin regional retail study (Jebb Holland Dimasi) (June 1995) PDF (9.0 MB)

Design guide for residential and commercial development in the Northern Territory (2000) PDF (2.1 MB)

Finnis land use structure plan (1990) PDF (26.7 MB)

Gunn Point Peninsula land use structure plan (1990) PDF (10.9 MB)

Katherine land use structure plan (1991) PDF (27.3 MB)

Katherine planning concepts and land use objectives (2001) PDF (8.5 MB)

Land in the vicinity of Darwin airport land use objectives (1997) PDF (41.9 KB)

Litchfield planning concepts and land use objectives 2002 PDF (21.0 MB)

Litchfield land use structure plan (1990) PDF (28.0 MB)

Litchfield district centres land use concept plans 1992 PDF (14.0 MB)

Mandorah land use concept plan (1990) PDF (13.7 MB)

Mataranka planning concepts and land use objectives (2001) PDF (3.1 MB)

Mt Johns Valley land use objectives and planning concepts (1996) PDF (16.0 MB)

Murrumujuk land use concept plan (1990) PDF (7.7 MB)

Pine Creek planning concepts and land use objectives (2001) PDF (7.8 MB)

Rapid Creek planning concepts and land use objectives (2000) PDF (4.8 MB)

Contact

For more information about the background material listed on this page, contact Lands Planning.

Last updated: 31 August 2020

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